Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Ophrys apifera Accepted
Ophrys oestrifera Synonym
Ophrys holoserica Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 6 inches to 12 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Brown
Other: Pink to Purple with brownish-purple lip
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Self
Various insects


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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Terrestrial Orchids by boojum Aug 16, 2011 8:59 PM 116
What's in Bloom? July 2011 by Ursula Aug 1, 2011 7:12 PM 329

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